Sarajo Frieden

Once, while scuba diving off the Hawaiian Islands, I was so entranced by what I was seeing I ran out of air!






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Where do you live?
Los Angeles

Where have you lived?
Oakland, San Francisco, Boston, LA

What medium do you use?
gouache, embroidery, acrylic, photoshop, illustrator, printmaking

How do you stay inspired?
inspiration is everywhere…

Do you work traditionally or digitally?

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
The best thing is to try new color arrangements and make them work

What blog(s) do you read?
A VERY short list: dearada, territoiredessens, book-by-its-cover, bloesem, camilla engman, worldchanging, designsponge, bluemarbleblog,, dotearth

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
Unpredictable. Inspiring. Flexible. Challenging. Illuminating.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
a marine biologist. a traveler.

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Illustrating a graphic novel or childrenÕs book that inspired people to care for the planet.

Name something you do in your spare time.
going to the beach, traveling with my son, laughing with family and friends, making chocolate chip cookies

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
1. going to the home of Phyllis Diller in order to style her for a photo shoot. You cannot even begin to imagine her closets. 2. painting a pair of high heels for Tina Turner to wear in a concert. Unfortunately, they ran.

What are you reading now?
The Living Cosmos by Chris Impey

What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Where would you like to travel to next?
Patagonia, Pantanal

What movie have you seen several times?
Recently: FelliniÕs ÒJuliet of the SpiritsÓ, the fabulous ÒMon OncleÓ and ÒPlaytimeÓ by Jacques Tati.

Who are you in “The Office”?
The cameraperson.

What is your favorite cheese?
that super spready french one that almost tastes like butter

Do you wear shoes when you do art?
barefoot in the summer

What do you listen to while you work?
Every kind of music

What artist are you reincarnated from?
Everyone who came before me.

What’s your middle name?

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?

How do you stay in shape?
yoga, bodyboarding, hiking

How don’t you stay in shape?
home made chocolate chip cookies

What is your current favorite font?
hand drawn

How do you take your coffee?
with extra foam, always

Whom would you like to meet?
jane goodall. john cage

What question would you most like to be asked?
Where would you like to go next?

What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
I just had a show of my paintings. I loved that!


It has been such a pleasure working with you for this volume of covers. Your work is so consistently beautiful and has set the bar very high for whoever will take the helm for 2020. Thank you for being such a joy to work with!

Sarah Reagle, Oncology Nursing Society

Client List

American Express
Arnold Worldwide
Cedars-Sinai Medical clinic
Cline Davis Mann
Dayton Hudson
Fortune Magazine
Galison Books
Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.
Gourmet Magazine
Graphique de France
Lamp in a Box
Klutz Press
The Land of Nod
Live Happy Magazine
The Los Angeles Times
Magic Murals
MCA/Universal Studios
New York Magazine
The New Yorker
Old Navy
Paramount Pictures
Penguin USA
Peter Pauper Press
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Spirituality & Health
Sterling Publishers
Studio SC
Teen Magazine
Travel & Leisure
Tree-Free Greetings
Utne Reader
The Washington Post
Weight Watchers
Weyerhauser Papers
Yoga Journal

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